I've lived in the Pacific Northwest for most of my life, growing up near the Canadian border in Washington State, in a small farming community. My love of teaching college classes developed when I taught Journalism and ESL courses at our local community college. I moved to Vermont and taught at UVM, and I've been an instructor at Champlain College since 2005. In 2006, I returned to the Northwest with my husband (Daniel), for his work as a family practice doctor in the Seattle area. I have two daughters, both girls, with whom I'm thrilled to be sharing the love of reading and writing.
I enjoy writing for many different circumstances. I've done a lot of writing for the web (especially blogs), newspaper and magazine articles, and research based essays. Personal essays are my favorite form of writing, but I also write some short stories, am working on a few non-fiction book projects, and I've written a couple of novels, including one I wrote several years back for NaNoWriMo (The National Novel Writing Month).
I'm passionate about reading and count among my favorite authors John Milton, Jane Austen, and Neil Gaiman.
When I'm not reading a good book or writing my humble attempt at one, I'm volunteering as an art teacher at a local elementary school, painting with watercolors in my sketchbook somewhere out in nature, tent camping in the woods, running for fun and competition, swimming with my family, fishing for salmon on one of the many majestic Northwest rivers, or kayaking on one of our local lakes with the kids.